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New small Mercedes G-Class to arrive with all-electric power

The “Little G” will join the Mercedes range and has been teased ahead of its official arrival

Small Mercedes G-Class teaser

Mercedes has dropped its first official teaser of a new G-Class variant, referred to as “Little G”. Judging by the outline of the teaser image, we expect the new car to take on a similar old-school design of the current G-Class but with a more compact body and pure-electric power.

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Revealed at the launch of the Concept CLA Class, Mercedes CEO Ola Kallenius unveiled what he called “Little G” - a car that will take the character of the big and brash G-Class and condense it down into a smaller package. Mercedes Chief Technology Officer, Markus Schäfer, added that the car would be designed “from scratch”.

Aside from Mercedes' plans to build a smaller G-Class, not much has been confirmed about the “Little G”. From the teaser image we can see it retains the boxy silhouette of the G-Class with the traditional boot-mounted spare wheel. 

We’ll find out if the smaller car will take on the same platform as the G-Class at a later date, but Schäfer confirmed it would be offered with pure-electric power. The all-electric EQG and facelifted G-Class are due to arrive at the same time next year, and the smaller G-Class interior technology should be shared with those two cars.

Four-wheel drive will be given for the “Little G” and given its smaller proportions and Kallenius added it will be “extremely capable off-road”. We expect it’ll undercut the current G-Class by some margin, providing a closer rival to the likes of the Jeep Wrangler and lower-spec versions of the Land Rover Defender.

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A keen petrol-head, Alastair Crooks has a degree in journalism and worked as a car salesman for a variety of manufacturers before joining Auto Express in Spring 2019 as a Content Editor. Now, as our senior news reporter, his daily duties involve tracking down the latest news and writing reviews.

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